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Death Cab for Cutie | Keys and Codes

Generally, Ben Gibbard is indie rock's über-dork godfather. But here he just sounds like a dork.
Atlantic (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  December 02, 2011
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2009: The top 10 in pop music

Hmm, lots of women, a few old dudes, and some African banjo (not to be confused with Steve Martin's Hollywood banjo).
Music you need to own
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 25, 2009
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Populous With Short Stories | Drawn in Basic

Fans of Ben Gibbard will savor the insistent charm of Short Stories’ voice: a nasal but deftly melodic boy croon with a flair for neatness and a soft spot for slightly overdone harmonizing.  
Morr Music (2008)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 22, 2008
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Peter Bjorn and John | Seaside Rock

It’s really pointless. And somewhat nice.  
Almost Gold/Star Time | 2008
By SAM UBL  |  October 01, 2008
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Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll 2008

The chill of victory.
Passion Pit, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Bob Mould, Amanda Palmer, the Presidents of the United States of America, and Death Cab for Cutie at Bank of America Pavilion, May 10
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 14, 2008
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Funny business

“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 07, 2008


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Death Cab’s Chris Walla aims for the heart and the mind

Chris Walla knows he’s never going to make a Steely Dan album.
Solo shots
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 05, 2008
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Going on sale: March 2, 2007

Jonatha Brooke, Damien Rice, Rasputina, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  February 26, 2007
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Neo-new-what?

The real album of the year is a disc that probably didn’t cross many people’s paths in 2006, a Rhino comp titled Future Retro that pairs various DJs/electronicists (Richard X, Tiga, the Crystal Method) with classic new-wave tracks by the Cure, Echo &am
A year in national pop
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 28, 2006
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Happy accidents

Ben Gibbard, the unassuming singer-songwriter who fronts the Seattle-by-way-of-Bellingham foursome Death Cab for Cutie, is, as he puts it, just 45 minutes from “walking out my door and going to San Francisco for Neil Young’s annual Bridge School benefit.
The slow, steady rise of Death Cab for Cutie
By MATT ASHARE  |  November 02, 2006
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Broken Social queens

Since rising to indie prominence with 2002’s You Forgot It in People , Canada’s Broken Social Scene have famously perfected the art of spreading themselves far too thin in all the right ways.
Feist reveals her avant side and Stars’ Amy Millan goes solo
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  September 11, 2006


Gorillaz in the midst

Remember the great electronica gold rush of ’97, the year Madonna’s Maverick label won a massive bidding war over long-ignored rave mystic Liam Howlett, a/k/a Prodigy, and we all grooved to the electropunk clash of “Smack My Bitch Up”?
Damon Albarn joins Beck in the pan-cultural playground
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 17, 2006
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Death Cab for Cutie and Franz Ferdinand

Refugees from the heady indie explosion of 2003, Franz and Death Cab are currently sharing space on a concert poster featuring an emo-like Band-Aid heart and a MySpace logo.
Nothing in common
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  April 15, 2006
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Roots canals

Punk’s courtship of Americana has always been a natural one.
The country excursion of Jenny Lewis, the Elected, and Neko Case
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 14, 2006